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[par-uh-troo-per] /ˈpær əˌtru pər/
a member of a military infantry unit trained to attack or land in combat areas by parachuting from airplanes.
Origin of paratrooper
1940-45; para-3 + trooper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was another paratrooper in the back, one more curled up in the trunk.
  • He's a big guy, a former paratrooper and prosecutor.
  • He lost his eyesight after serving as a paratrooper and taking knocks to the head.
Word Origin and History for paratrooper

1941, from parachute + trooper. The collective noun paratroops is first recorded 1940. Earliest reference is to the German invaders who were expected to drop on England.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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